Bontrager Aeolus D3 TLR wheels: How to set up Bontrager TLR

Bontrager Aeolus D3 TLR wheels: How to set up Bontrager TLR


Hi, I’m Geoff Streator, from Bontrager Wheelworks. And today, I’m going to discuss how to properly set up your Road TLR System. Now today, I have the Aeolus 5 TLR Carbon Clincher for demonstration purposes, but all of these steps to apply for using the alloy wheels as well. So the first step is to install the appropriate rim strip onto the rim. To do this, I simply line up the valve hole on the rim strip to the valve hole on the rim, and use the valve to hold everything in place so nothing moves as you finish up the installation. Make sure the valve is installed all the way, and then finger-tighten the valve. It’s important to keep in mind that the valve, you want to make sure that the valve doesn’t turn as you tighten it. Doing so will make the tire installation very difficult. Then just snap the rim strip around the rest of the rim. It should be snug. And then from there, I’ll use a plastic tire lever and just work the rim strip underneath the hook bead all the way around the rim. What I do is I just pick a spot, push down, and then slide the tire lever a little bit. This avoids damaging the rim strip. Okay. I have one hook bead done. And the other one should have followed. So I’ll just run my tire lever underneath, all the way around. Okay. So now that the TLR rim strip installed, it’s time to install the tire. And today, I’m going to install a Bontrager R3 TLR tire. And because the tires are tighter than a tube type, I’m going to start opposite the valve stem when I install the tire. So I put one bead in the center channel until I’ve got most of it around the rim. From there, I’ll take a plastic tire lever, and holding one edge of the tire with one hand and the tire lever with the other, use the tire lever to push the tire into place. It’s important to not go too far with the tire lever when you’re doing this to avoid puncturing the rim strip. So I just work small sections at a time. It snaps into place. Pull the tire over the valve stem, and now I’m ready to move on to the other bead. And I’ll just work that in until I’m, got it mostly over. And then I’ll go around and just pinch the tire to make sure that it’s in that center channel of the rim, really taking up all the real estate available to help make installation a little bit easier. Again, with my plastic tire lever, just slide it, little by little, over the hook. I’m just using my left hand then to make sure it doesn’t start to walk around the rim. Okay. Got it. So now I’m just going to, again, squeeze the tire from both sides making sure that it’s in that center channel before we seat the tire and make sure there’s nothing wrong with the system before adding sealant. When setting up a TLR system, whether road or mountain, alloy or carbon, It’s always a good idea to make sure the tire will seat before you add sealant. So to do this, you can use a compressor, if you have one available. You can use the Bontrager TLR Flash Charger, which works great for setting up tubeless systems. But to show you how easy it is for our system, I’m going to show you using the Bontrager Super Charger. There’s no difference in this part compared to a tube type, so you just install the pump just like normal, and pump until the tire is seated. So I pumped to about 70 psi, and now I’m just going to stop and take a look at the tire to make sure it’s fully seated, which it is on that side. And it is on this side as well. So at this point, I can take the pump off, just double check again, make sure it hasn’t gone anywhere. And then sometimes you’ll need to tighten the valve a little bit too. As you add pressure, the valve will get sucked into the rim a little bit. That’s good. You want to do that. And at this point now, it looks like we’re ready for sealant. Bontrager sealant is available in two sizes, the single-use 2 ounce (59ml) bottle and the larger 32 ounce (.95 liter) bottle if you’re setting up multiple wheels. The first step is to remove the air from the tire. And then remove the valve core with the valve core removal tool. For the most controlled and precise way to add sealant to your system, you can use the Bontrager TLR sealant injector. To use this, screw the injector into the valve stem, remove the syringe, and then clamp the injector shut. Then add sealant. It’s important to shake the sealant really vigorously before you add it to the system. There’s lots of particulates inside the sealant, and that’s actually what helps prevent air loss in the event of a puncture. So shake it up. You can usually see through the side of the bottle to make sure that it’s evenly dispersed. And then for the appropriate amount of sealant to add to your system, check on Bontrager.com for the TLR setup guide. Open up the valve, and inject the sealant into the tire. Clamp it shut, and unscrew. And at this point, we’re ready to install the valve core. Just finger-tight first, and then finish it off with the valve core tool. Make the sure the valve is still open. And then we’re ready to add air back into the system. So I pumped the tire back up to normal riding pressure, and now I’m just checking to see that the tire is seated on both sides. The next thing to do is evenly coat the inside of the tire with sealant. To do that, you can shake it, or you can bounce it. You can install the wheel back on your bike, and you’re ready to go for a ride.

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  1. So what would be the advantage of tubeless over tubular? Also, what does one do if theres a flat? Is it easy to remvoe the whole thing clean off the wheel? (I'm a clincher noob)

  2. hello, do you know where can i buy bontrager big hank? or any wheel that is similar to big hank tyre? thank you

  3. I've just bought bontrager affinity comp wheels and R2 TLR tyres. They are really tight and, so far, I've only managed to fit one bead – and that was a real struggle. The second bead still has about 12 inches unfitted, and I can't feel my thumbs any more.
    Have fitted your TLR wheels and tyres on my MTB without problems. Any tips?

  4. Did both my wheels at the weekend (TLR race). One wheel is brand new and the other is 3 years old. On both wheels I put the bontrager rim strip alloy that comes with the wheel and the supplied valves and doc blue sealant. Both tyres (Schwalbe pro one), valves and tape are new only one of the wheel is used. Front wheel (the new one) went without issue (apart from the battle to fit the tyre on the rim). Rear wheel was very difficult to fit tyre but managed in the end. After leaving the tyre pumped overnight I found it deflated the next morning (the other wheel is ok). I use the small 60mL bottle of sealant (roughly half in each tyre as indicated) but maybe I didn’t put enough in that wheel?
    Do you think it is just a case of more sealant?

  5. This was my favorite tubeless install video, and it had the honor of being near me as if it were looking over my shoulder

  6. I can't seem to find any information on this. Can I convert the stock 25mm tires on the Aeolus Pro 3 wheel to tubeless? Or, do I need to purchase the 26mm tires?

  7. Don't be fooled by a pro making it look easy, the Bontrager TLR tires fit incredibly tight, you'll need copious amounts of soapy water, and a steel-core tire lever. You'll break plastic levers with the TLR tires. Once everything is seated and sealed though, it's an excellent system. I left mine sealed overnight @40 psi, and slowly upped the pressure to full operating pressure after that.

  8. Great tip on the lever technique. I was not even close to getting some GP5000s onto these rims until I saw that. Can normally install clinchers by hand but these things are tight. Also, that rim strip takes a lot of work with the lever. I could not slide it far and it invited getting your thumb sliced open by the sharp edge on the other side but pushing gently with the lever, bit by bit, got it installed.

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